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Scoring Criteria

Please see the scoring criteria for Selection.


Māori, Pasifika, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin: 8 points


Total of 8 points available.

Research and Higher Degree max. 4 points (if only lesser papers, max. 3 points)

Higher degrees

  • Completed PhD: 3 points
  • Incomplete PhD due for completion prior to Feb 2023: 2 points
  • Incomplete PhD: 0 point
  • Master degree (completed): 1 point
  • Diploma: 0.5 point

Published Paper:

  • First author in Major* paper: 2 points per paper (*JIF >4)

Published Paper – lesser involvement:

  • First author of research article in a lesser ranked journal: 1 point per paper
  • Secondary author: 0.25 point each (to max. of 0.5 point awarded for this category)
  • Case report (first author, main contributor): 0.5 point each (to max. of 0.75 points awarded
    for this category)
  • Two or more Case reports = 0.75 points; part marks for smaller contributions

Academic performance – max. 2 points

  • Rhodes or Fulbright Scholarship: 2 points
  • Evidence of being Top of University medical school year or similar e.g. or Dux of cohort or
    Program, winner of University Medal: 1 point
  • University Prizes e.g. Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence/Dean’s Honours List,
    Honours, other prizes: 0.5 point
  • Other significant academic achievements e.g. GPA at High Distinction average; recognition
    of academic excellence: 0.5 point

Grants/Scholarships – max. 1 point

Research grants for which you are the Chief Investigator

  • Substantial local, national or international grants e.g., NHMRC

Presentation/poster – max. 1 point

Presentation/poster (International Meeting/RANZCO Annual Scientific Congress)

  • One Presentation: 0.5 point
  • Two Presentations: 0.75 point
  • Three or more Presentations: 1 point

Presentation/poster (State Branch/Special Interest/Small scale meeting)

  • One Presentation: 0.25 point
  • Two Presentations: 0.38 points
  • Three or more Presentations: 0.5 point
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Regional Exposure

Rural areas are defined as the Modified Monash Model (MMM) scale level 2-7 for Australia. For New Zealand, non-urban upbringing is outside the main urban areas of Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. For rural scoring of undergraduate studies, regional centres such as Hobart, Townsville and Dunedin are regional for upbringing and work experience but not for undergraduate studies unless undertaken in a rural-enhanced program (this must be confirmed by the medical school).

Please note: To gain any points under Regional Exposure you must meet the threshold of a minimum of three (3) points for any experience to count. Please do not enter experience less than that.

Overriding points:

8 points for all candidates that have had 5 continuous or 10 cumulative years in a rural area.

Formative year points:

  • 1 point for each 1 year spent rurally during formative years
  • 2 points for each separate 2-year period spent rurally during formative years
  • 4 points for a 3-year continuous period spent rurally during formative years
  • 6 points for a 4-year continuous period spent rurally during formative years
  • Maximum of 8 points – as above – for 5 years spent rurally during formative years

Points for time spent rurally in an undergraduate program, and/or working post-school or post-graduation:

  • 1.5 points where at least 1 year is spent in MMM 2-7 (can be 2 lots of 6 months)
  • 3 points where 2 years are spent in MMM 2-7
  • 4.5 points where 3 years are spent in MMM 2-7
  • 6 points where 4 years are spent in MMM 2-7
  • Maximum of 8 points – as above – where 5 or more years are spent in MMM 2-7

None (0 points):

  • 0 point for being part of a bonded medical school scheme
  • 0 point if < 2 years spend in MMM 2-7 in total
  • 0 point for rural undergraduate scholarships
  • 0 point for membership of rural societies
Other attributes

There is strong evidence for significant achievements in sports and moderate evidence for music and other high-level achievements in determining whether a specialist trainee will excel. Each achievement will need to have certified documentary evidence to be eligible for scoring.

4 points
International level (representing your country)

  • Olympic or world championship representative/competitor in a recognised sport* in an unrestricted age group ∙ Olympic or world championship representative/competitor in a sport* in an unrestricted age group
  • Highly competitive international scholarship or internationally recognised competition/award
  • Significant international level leadership role (e.g., coach/umpire/referee)

3 points
National representation level (representing your state)

  • State representative in major national competition (e.g. Olympic Selection Trials, Nationals) in a sport* in an unrestricted age group
  • A significant prize or scholarship
  • Significant national level leadership role (e.g., state coach/umpire/referee)

None (0 points)

  • Competing for a metropolitan/regional team in a music/sport/art competition
  • Club representation level
  • High level of proficiency in sport e.g.Grade 7/8 music/performing arts certification, black belt (adult), high-level gymnast, etc
  • Any volunteering work
  • Raising monies for charity
  • Multi-lingual
  • Armed forces
  • Law/another degree – degrees, etc counted elsewhere if eligible
  • Management experience
  • RMO society roles, etc
  • Another career
  • Duke of Edinburgh award
  • School sport, casual/informal sport, academia or minor art competitions, hobbies

*Sport must be have governing body and sufficiently large player base to be considered.

E-sports and mind games (e.g. Chess) are accepted. Niche and informal sport will not be considered. In equivocal entries, the chair will deliberate and decision is final.

Last updated: February 12, 2024

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